Jeff Peterson grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in music education. For several years, he taught music in St. Cloud, Dawson and Sartell, Minnesota before joining the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota as administrator and teacher in their Early Childhood Music Program. He and his wife Angela moved to California in the fall of 1988 where Jeff worked for the Children’s Creative Project before getting a job teaching music in Buellton in 1990. In 1995, Jeff received his master’s degree in music education from California Lutheran University. In 1999, Jeff became just the third music teacher at Goleta Valley Junior High . Since, 2005, Jeff has conducted the Prime Time Band for adults fifty years of age or older. He is an active music professional playing classical, rock and jazz bass in groups in the area.